GRAEME SOUNESS has admitted he would love to see Roy Keane and Steven Gerrard going head-to-head in the heat of a Glasgow derby.

It is looking increasingly unlikely the Republic of Ireland legend will get the opportunity to take over at Celtic with former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe still favourite for the role.

Keane, 49, has been linked with the post since Neil Lennon departed in February with John Kennedy put in interim charge until the end of the season.

Reports indicate the Manchester United icon, who had a brief stint at Parkhead, would be eager to get the post after also being mentioned as a possibility in 2014 before virtually unknown Norwegian Ronny Deila took over from Lennon first time around.

Souness, 67, who bossed the Gers from 1986 until 1991 before returning to take over at Liverpool, told Off The Ball: “Roy is desperate to get back.

“He’s a football man and I have spoken with him about returning to management. He is very keen to do that.

“Can you imagine how good it would have been if it was Roy Keane v Steven Gerrard in Glasgow?

“All of a sudden, it wouldn’t just be Scotland, Ireland and a wee bit of England talking about Scottish football, the world would be talking about it. It would have been great for Scottish football.

“I know Roy. We live near each other in Cheshire and I’ve waved to him a few times when he’s been out walking his dog.

“I enjoy his company and I find his humour very funny.”

With Keane, currently working alongside Souness as a pundit on Sky Sports, determined to return to football management, other clubs have been alerted to his availability. Sheffield United, who sacked Chris Wilder earlier this year, are reported to be monitoring the situation.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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